Orlando nightclub shooter’s widow knew the attack was coming: Prosecutor

Noor Salman is accused of obstructing justice

The widow of the Orlando nightclub shooter has been accused of having prior knowledge of the deadly attack, and obstructing the investigation following the attack.

Noor Salman, who is originally from the San Francisco bay area, was living in Fort Pierce, Florida, with her husband Omar Matteen when he launched a deadly attack at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando.

“She knew he was going to conduct the attack,” federal prosecutor Roger Handberg reportedly told a judge on Tuesday during Salman’s first court appearance following her arrest on Monday.

According to a summary of the indictment published by by Fox News, Salman has been charged aiding and abetting Mateen in “providing material support and resources to the Islamic State group between April and June of last year.” Salman is also charged with obstructing justice as she is accused of lying to police and the FBI during their investigation of the attack. Salman pled not guilty to the charges on Wednesday.

She was arrested on Monday at her mother’s home, about 25 miles north of San Francisco. “It’s a very private family, very quiet family,” a neighbor told Fox News. “You don’t see them. You barely see them on the street. They’re good people from my knowledge. Never had a problem.”

Matteen’s June shooting massacre at the Pulse nightclub killed 49 people and injured 53 others. Mateen placed a 911 call from theclub, allegedly pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. He was later killed in a shootout with authorities.


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